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October 9, 2015

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National Parents Organization - Maryland Making News
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Family Reading Newsletter
The National Parents Organization’s Maryland affiliate is in the news.

Back in 2012, the Maryland Legislature created the Child Custody Decision Making Commission to gather information on how judges can best adjudicate custody, parenting time and other issues. It held five public hearings at which NPO - Maryland assisted in providing testimony. This year, the Commission released its findings to the state House of Delegates. Although there’s as yet been no legislation that’s come out of the effort, Aaron Bates of NPO - Maryland has hopes for legislative change.

Bates and NPO are also backing HB 0888 that would enact a presumption of shared parenting in the state. To that end, Bates appeared on WBAL in Baltimore to air his support for the measure. So far, the Legislature hasn’t acted on the bill.

Recently, Bates and NPO - Maryland have banded together with other smaller organizations each of which promotes family court reform. One of the most important ones is The Children’s Rights Fund that, along with NPO was instrumental in promoting the Child Custody Decision Making Commission. Their meetings have been productive and Bates hopes to bring their combined weight to bear on state lawmakers during the next legislative session. So far they’ve sponsored a free viewing of the excellent movie “Divorce Corp.” directed by Joe Sorge. (That movie is now streamable on Netflix and is a must-see.) Read more...


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National Parents Organization in the Media

By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
As usual, NPO activists have been prominent in the various news media in the past two weeks. Here’s a partial list of articles and appearances.

As you can see, NPO Chairman Ned Holstein has been busy promoting shared parenting legislation in his home state of Massachusetts. The inestimable Don Hubin (NPO - Ohio) has taken to the airwaves in several states from Texas, to South Dakota to Missouri and beyond. And Christopher Nelson is spreading the shared parenting word in Virginia, urging its legislature to join the movement to keep both parents involved in children’s lives post-divorce.

Kudos to all.

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Q and A with Dianna Thompson of Women Against Paternity Fraud

By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
One of the most promising parental rights reform groups to come along in a long time is Women Against Paternity Fraud. So I thought I’d ask its president, Dianna Thompson a few questions about WAPF to let readers know about it, its members and its plans.

What is Women Against Paternity Fraud (WAPF)? 

WAPF is a non-profit national organization dedicated to educating the public, the media, and policy makers on the issue of paternity fraud and the devastation this issue creates within families and especially for children. While many think that "paternity fraud" is just a men's issue, it is not. Both men and women, boys and girls, can be victims.

Many women are paternity fraud victims, when the truth about who their biological father is was never disclosed to them until years later, or when a medical emergency occurs, or their inheritance rights are being denied. Also, many women — wives, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters are also affected by paternity fraud when the men in their lives are victims. Read more...


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